By-elections to four Assembly constituencies in three Northeastern States of Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram passed off peacefully on 21st November. While 89% and 85% voting were reported respectively from Thongju and Thangmeiband constituencies in Manipur, the 79% polling was recorded in Nongstoin (Meghalaya) and 61.98% voters exercised their franchise in Aizawl North – III Assembly seat.
Three candidates are in the fray in each of the constituencies in Manipur, four are in the fray in Meghalaya and three in Mizoram. The results will be declared on 24th November.
In Manipur, Jyotin Waikhom (Congress), Kh Joykishan (BJP) and G Tonsana (Manipur Democratic People’s Front) are contesting in Thangmeiband, while Bijoy Koijam (Congress), Th Bishwajit (BJP) and G Tonsana (MDPF) are vying for Thongju seat. The by-polls were necessitated after the Speaker’s Tribunal disqualified two All India Trinamool Congress MLAs Kh Joykishan of Thangmeiband and Th Bishwajit of Thongju under the anti-defection law on 28th May this year.
In Meghalaya, Diosstarness Jyndiang of Hill State People’s Democratic Party, Gabriel Wahlang from the Congress, Mosklandar Marngar of United Democratic Party and Fenela Lyngdoh Nonglait, Independent are contesting the Nongstoin seat. The seat was held by Hopingstone Lyngdoh whose demise on September 26 necessitated the by-elections.
The Mizo voters will decide the political fortunes of Lal Thanzara of the ruling Congress, K Vanlalvena of Mizo National Front and Lalduhawma of National Democratic Alliance, pre-poll alliance of Zoram Nationalist Party and BJP. By-poll in the constituency was necessitated by the resignation of former Health Minister and Congress legislator Lal Thanzara on 18th August due to allegations of conflict of interests.